Motherhood

Motherhood

Often the most profound experiences in an artist’s life are also the most difficult to represent artistically. It is only with the passage of time and a change in perspective that they can be clearly grasped. Such has been my relationship to motherhood.  During...
British Female Authors Exhibition

British Female Authors Exhibition

This portrait series is a record, among other things, of female collaboration. I could not have found so many interesting subjects without the help of women like Harriet Olsen, whose publishing house, Eiderdown Books, I had long been admiring on social media....
In the footsteps of Soutine

In the footsteps of Soutine

Next week, I will be leading a group of artists at a workshop in Céret, a town in the foothills of the French Pyrenees. I have been visiting Céret for 16 years, and continue to find it very inspiring, so I thought I would relate a thing or two about this magical...
Studio motivation

Studio motivation

Motivation is a difficult subject, because it is so personal and varies greatly from artist to artist. Needless to say, there is no perfect regime or guaranteed recipe for productivity, and this is one of the most interesting things about art. Frank Auerbach famously...
Notes on painting a portrait

Notes on painting a portrait

I have always looked at people as the subjects of art, but I arrived at portraits late in my journey as an artist. The catalyst was a catalogue from a 2006 exhibition at the Met, Glitter and Doom, where I rediscovered German art from the interwar period, and...